Flooding in Newark, New Jersey

Kelly Waldron/WCBS 880

Powerful Storm Packing Heavy, Wind-Swept Rain Wreaks Havoc Across Tri-State Area

April 16, 2018 - 11:27 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The work week got off to a wet and windy start as wild weather wreaked havoc on the Tri-State area Monday morning.

A heavy, wind-swept rain soaked the region, shuttering stretches of many major roadways during the morning commute.

Flooding forced several drivers to ditch their cars and flee to safety in Newark, New Jersey.

One man, named Victor, said as he was coming off of Route 22 onto Freelinghuysen Avenue his car stalled as he attempted to make it through flood water under an overpass.

"I waited for a while to see if the water was going to go down, the water did not go down and water started to seep into my car," Victor said. "I got out in time. It's scary."

The occupants of at least four cars got out unharmed.

A tow truck driver who responded to the scene said the area is a trouble spot for flooding and is warning motorists to keep away.

A downed tree closed all lanes of the northbound Bronx River Parkway around 6 a.m. and flooding also closed the southbound Henry Hudson Parkwway at West 232nd Street in the Bronx. The Cross Island Parkway, Long Island Expressway and Grand Central Parkway also saw volume building up because of high-standing water. The Garden State Parkway was also a mess. Click here to check current traffic conditions.

A downed tree near Ludlow was causing some problems on the Metro-North Railroad, and NJ TRANSIT was reporting delays on the North Jersey Coast Line because of the weather. Signal problems also plagued some subway lines during the morning rush.

One commuter captured video of water rushing down the stairs into the subway station at 145th Street and Broadway.

NYC Ferry has suspended service on the Rockway route because of high winds.

A tree fell on a house in Mount Vernon, temporarily trapping a 13-year-old boy inside.

In Bay SHore, a man was struck by lightning. He was listed in the hospital in stable condition.

There were also reports of lightning apparently sparking house fires in Ocean County, New Jersey. No injuries were reported but several homes suffered major damage.